Round 2 Game 1 Preview: Pens v Caps

It's been a week since the Penguins have played...It's only felt like a month.  But that should be a good thing since guys a little banged up should be about as close to 100% as you'll see for the playoffs.

If you're a student of history, you surely know that the Pens carry a 6-1 playoff series advantage over the Caps.  Since the last playoff series was in 2001, and no players that really were involved in it will be around this time (save Sergei Gonchar, who's changed sides) I think the history means more to the fans than players.  The Peerless found a cool stat though, the Caps actually own Game 1 against the Penguins, the Pens have lost 6 of 7 Game 1's to the Caps.  Take it for what it's worth.

Here's a look at the Caps line from practice yesterday --though it wouldn't be surprising at all if they tweak the forward combinations before/during the game.

Ovechkin-Fedorov-Kozlov
Fleischmann-Backstrom-Semin
Laich-Steckel-Bradley
Clark-Gordon-Fehr

Morrisonn-Green
Erskine-Pothier
Poti-Jurcina

Expect Michael Nylander and Jeff Schultz to be scratches.  Donald Brashear, of course, is suspended and won't be eligible to play until Game 6, if we get to that point.  Speaking of Brashear, if you have a few minutes before game-time, read this piece from the Washington Post.   It's amazing what he's been through.

The cards are all out there, the table is set.  It's Pens/Caps time.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join PensBurgh

You must be a member of PensBurgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at PensBurgh. You should read them.

Join PensBurgh

You must be a member of PensBurgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at PensBurgh. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker